Raising your kids as a single mother is not only a financial burden, but also a tough task emotionally. Single parents are bringing up 26% of the total 450,000 odd children in the state. Fortunately, only 7% of these are living in crowded houses. A part of credit also goes to the various state initiatives to support single parents and make their parenting experience more fruitful and less of a burden.
Childcare: It is very difficult to concentrate at work or at school if the mother is worried about the safety and well being of her children. At the same time, affording to pay for expensive childcare is not always a viable option. To support single mothers in this tough situation, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services runs a child care subsidy plan for the eligible resident single mothers of the state. Another aid plan, run by the name Aid to dependent children offers cash assistance to low-income single mothers and families raising kids 18 years of age or younger.
Healthcare: The state of Nebraska runs the Medicaid program to assure healthcare to eligible pregnant women, children and their parents. The program also covers specific individuals who are not in a capacity to pay for their medical expenses and meet certain requirements.
Food & Supplies: With all the expenses a single mother has to bear in raising the kids and running the households, in turbulent times, it might even get difficult to put food on the table. To avoid such grave situations, the state of Nebraska runs the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or the Food stamps program that helps low-income single mothers and families buy food to feed the families. Another very popular program run in the state is the Women, Infants and Children program which aims at working for the nourishment needs of the above-mentioned categories.
Rent Assistance: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development offers various sanctions and subsidies to the single mothers of the state who need assistance in paying rents of in buying affordable housing for themselves and their families.
Educational Grants: Going back to college is one huge decision that should be taken after careful analysis of your current situation and the future benefits you can reap out of going back to college. To support this huge step, aid is available both at the state and the federal level.
Transportation: A lot of single mothers work at places that are far away from their residences. This not only raises the problem of commuting long distances everyday but also poses challenges as the longer the distance the more the time the mother has to spend away from home and children. This further poses multiple challenges. An efficient and affordable public transportation system can rid single mothers of a lot of these problems.